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J. Anthony Rich

Criminal defense Attorney

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About J.

Learn J.’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    26 years, 10,000 cases

  2. Business

    11 years, 50 cases

  3. Personal injury

    11 years, 200 cases

  4. Wrongful death

    18 years, 4 cases

  5. Entertainment

Attorney J. Anthony Rich has appeared on Court TV as a guest legal analyst and featured Defense Lawyer three times since leaving his role as an Assistant State Prosecuting Attorney.  Rich served the State of Ohio in Lorain County and Marion Counties and was additionally appointed to serve as a Special Prosecutor in Stark and Wayne Counties during his tenure with the Government.  Anthony has appeared on the "Best Defense" with Jami Floyd and Ron Kuby, and has also  appeared as a guest on "Open Court" with Ashleigh Banfield. 


Anthony is routinely hired in some of Northeast Ohio's most serious cases and has been Lead Trial Counsel in over 10 Murder cases in the last 5 years.  Anthony has also represented multiple police officers and court personnell charged with crime. He has further co-counselled 3 Capital Cases as a licensed Rule 20 practitioner with the Ohio State Supreme Court.  


To date, Anthony HAS NOT LOST A JURY TRIAL as a Criminal Defense Lawyer.  


Anthony was elected PRESIDENT of the OHIO ASSOCIATION OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS in October 2013.  He has previously served as an Executive Board Member at the OACDL for three years.


Anthony is the Co-chair of the Lorain County Bar Association's Criminal Law Section and serves on the Lorain County Bar Association's Ethics and Grievance Committee. Anthony also routinely serves as Acting Judge in his hometown at the Lorain Municipal Court. 

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5.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Jerry | March 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I fought a case about 5 years because I was involved in a bar fight. There’s no self defense law in Ohio, but that was my case. I was jumped 4 on 1. I came out on the better end of the altercation and was looking at 2-8 years in prison for felonious assault. Never even had to to appear in court and won the case. After that, I was sued civilly for $100,000. Of course, I hired Mr. Rich again. He never loses! I won the Civil case without going on the stand. He doesn’t lose. This guy is someone you definitely want on your team. Can’t say enough good things about this guy.
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Posted by Chris | April 17, 2013
Attorney Rich has not only stood by us through the litigation but has continued to keep in contact with us for the last seven years. This shows he actually cares – a very rare and admirable quality. Attorney Rich’s ability to exact professional legal advice in support of one’s case is outstanding, excellent, and timely. Anyone would be extremely fortunate, as I am, to get Attorney Rich as their Attorney.
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Posted by Mike | January 29, 2013
Anthony Rich is an Excellent Attorney
Anthony was my entertainment attorney when I was pursuing a music career. He is knowledgeable and thorough, and very passionate about representing me and trying to help further my career. I always happily refer anyone looking for legal assistance to talk to Anthony and I still ask him for advice now and then even though my own career has shifted to more of a music business role.
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Posted by Dennis | August 5, 2012
President and CEO
Anthony has a vast amount of legal knowledge. His experience and successful results in a broad breadth of cases speaks volumes for his outstanding capabilities. His dedication to his clients' best interests is unsurpassed. His attention to detail is demonstrated with his client interactions and his record of successes. His efforts are always timely as well as his client communications.
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Posted by anonymous | July 26, 2012
Review of J. Anthony Rich
I've engaged Anthony to represent me and my family on multiple occasions, for various situations. From business & corporate issues, to family and personal issues. In each instance, Anthony conducts himself with the same honesty, integrity and passion for what he does. This translates into feeling confident and comforted you have someone like him on your side, representing you - no matter the severity of the issue. Experienced and knowledgeable beyond his years, I highly recommend J. Anthony Rich.
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Posted by Chris | July 25, 2012
Professional and assertive
Anthony did a fantastic job in keeping everyone's feet on the ground in a very stressful situation. He is not going to sugar coat the situation leaving one better able to make difficult decisions. He absolutely was committed to me as a client and to the best possible outcome for the case.
Posted by Chad | July 20, 2012
A True Professional - Highly Recommend
I enlisted Anthony's services for a family member in need. He worked with the both of us in a professional, adequate fashion and delivered the best possible outcome. If I ever need his services again I won't hesitate to call.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 185-185 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • 2013 - Present
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Trial Lawyer
  • J. Anthony Rich Attorney at Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • Acting Judge
  • State Of Ohio
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Legal Instructor
  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Trial Prosecutor
  • Lorain/Marion County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1999 - 2007
  • Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy
  • University of Akron Law School
  • 1998 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Riley Resar & Associates, LLC
  • 1997 - 1999
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  • University of Akron School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • State v. Gilbert (Murder Charges Dropped)
  • Defendant receives 3 years after facing life sentence.
  • State v. Morris (Sexual Battery & Gross Sexual Imposition-Not Guilty All Counts)
  • Jury Trial-Not Guilty All Counts
  • State v. Lorenzana (Murder and all other charges dismissed!)
  • Murder charges dismissed!
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  • Lawyer for Ohioans For Concealed Carry (OFCC)
  • Lawyer
  • 2009 - Present
  • Scottish Rite Valley of Ohio
  • 32nd Degree Mason
  • 2009 - Present
  • Lorain Elks Lodge 1301
  • Esteemed Loyal Knight
  • 2008 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - Present
  • Master Mason – Black River Masonic Lodge #786
  • 2007 - Present
  • Lorain County Arson Task Force
  • Assigned Trial Prosecutor
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Lorain County Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Assigned Trial Prosecutor
  • 1998 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Appreciation Award-Trial Preparation
  • Lorain County Association of Fire Investigators
  • 2008
  • Instructor of the Year
  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Superstar Series
  • Special Operations Division
  • 2013
  • Northern Ohio Fire & Arson Seminar
  • Trial Prep and Current Issues for Cross-examination
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
Endorse J.
Unknown Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anthony has helped me work through many difficult cases and I always respect his knowledge and thoroughness on matters. He is firm in his positions and zealously advocates for his positions."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Anthony as a Prosecutor and also worked with him when he became a defense attorney. He has always been very knowledgeable on trial practice and procedure and the rules of evidence. Definitely a very skilled attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is well respected by colleagues for his professionalism, experience and trial advocacy skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Rich is a skilled and dedicated attorney. I highly recommend him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Solid attorney and good guy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anthony Rich is a True Believer. To see what this means check out the movie with the same name. A great hire for your criminal problems."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Anthony Rich is a fantastic lawyer. He brings a great skill set to his practice He is a former Assistant Prosecutor in Lorain and Marion County and he has used that experience to zealously represent his clients. Anthony is a great trial attorney and has the will to put hours of preperation into a case and then argue it effectively. I endorse Anthony without reservation."
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